Have you ever invited someone to your house for a meal, to a party, or to do something special with you, and they said no? Or maybe they said yes, but then didn’t show up? How did you feel? I know I accidentally did not show up once, years ago, and our poor friend must have felt awful after cooking a meal for my family and me and then having us not show up. I felt so bad for her when I realized our mistake, and it still makes me cringe to think of it.
Yesterday morning I published a blog post that was an invitation to a Blog party. The goal of the post was for us to practice encouraging one another as well as to introduce ourselves and our blogs to other bloggers.
I had expected that the blog party would be going full swing by noon. But such was not the case. Fortunately, God knew that this was going to happen and he put it in the heart of a couple of my dear friends, Ifeoma and Anne Marie, to comment words of encouragement even though they were not taking part in the actual blog party.
I hate to admit that I was still disappointed, and I succumbed to analyzing the situation and to having a bit of a pity party instead of being grateful for the few beautiful friends who showed up for me. Thank you, ladies! 💖💖💖💖
After lunch I went out in the garden and started pulling some weeds. It felt good to get a little bit of sunshine, and my spirit began to lift. In the quietness of the afternoon, the Lord impressed on my heart the point of this lesson.
He reminded me that He has also given an invitation to everyone, an invitation to sweet communion with Him, an invitation to come and be encouraged by Him, an invitation to find peace, hope, and joy in spite of the difficulties of life.
But untold millions of us do not take Him up on his offer!
Some just categorically tell Him no. They choose to believe other voices and respond to other invitations instead.
Others of us, myself included, say yes, and sometimes we spend those sweet times with Him, and other times we leave Him sitting there with His wondrous meal prepared, and we just don’t show up!
That’s got to make Him feel bad, don’t you think?
“And do not ·make the Holy Spirit sad [grieve/bring sorrow to the Holy Spirit].” Ephesians 4:30 EXB
We hear a lot nowadays about being uninvited, but I don’t hear so much about what it feels like to be the one who invites others and is turned down, do you?
Yesterday I got a little taste of what God might feel like, extending kindness but being refused (except I didn’t react as well as He does 😔). I definitely need to show up for His invitations and stop grieving His Spirit!
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NASB
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17
(See also: Matthew 22:2-14 PHILLIPS)
Today I’m thankful that God invites us to come to Him.
I’m thankful that He invites us to commune with Him.
I’m thankful that He invites us to come be fed and to find life and rest in His presence each and every day!
I’m thankful that He waits patiently for us to show up for His rendezvous and still loves us when we don’t!
How about you? Have you ever had someone not show up for a rendezvous that you were really looking forward to? Did you ever think about how it might make God sad when we don’t spend time with Him?